Faculty Visits

Faculty Visits

Several members of Columbia University Faculty that have visited Chile have participated in programs targeting alumni, local students, government officials, think tanks and businesses. Among them:


Michael Preston, Professor at Columbia Business School MBA, along with a group of MBA students visited Santiago as part of their elective course entitled “Managing Growing Family Businesses in South America”. The students spent a week visiting leading firms and meeting with business executives from a wide sector of industry which gave them insight into the challenges and opportunities of conducting business in Chile. (January, 2013)


William Stroud and Henri Levin, Professors at Teachers College, visited Chile to participate in the XXVI annual Conference of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement–ICSEI. The event gathered distinguish group of school leaders, school administrators, researchers and policy-makers to discuss central issues of key educational policy changes and to share ideas and experiences on the schools of the world. (January, 2013)


Linda Fried, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, along with a group of Mailman faculty –Sandro Galea, Melissa Begg and Tomas Guilarte– participated in the Second Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Global Health in conjunction with the School of Public Health of the Universidad de Chile and the Latin American Alliance for Global Health. (January, 2013)


Katherine Shear, Professor at the Marion E. Kenworth Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, visited Chile and gave a lectured on her research into Complicated Grief and Bereavement.  She also met with Chilean experts to discuss possible collaboration and training, signing an MoU with the School of Psicology at Universidad Catolica de Chile. (December, 2012)


Eric Bunge, Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) was invited to participate as one of the keynote speakers at the XVIII Chilean Biennale of Architecture. During his visit Professor Bunge also held a series of meetings with local alumni. (December, 2012)


Saki Bigio, Professor at the Columbia Business School, visited Chile and gave a lecture entitled “La Crisis Financiera en Estados Unidos: Lecciones para Chile” (The Financial Crisis in the United Startes: Lessons for Chile). The event, organized by the CGC in conjunction with Universidad Católica’s MBA program, took place at the MBA-CU Building, with more than 80 people in attendance.  (November, 2012)


Clara Irazabal, Assistant Professor and Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Laboratory (LatinLab) at GSAPP brought twelve CU graduate students from Architecture and other discipline to Talca, Chile.  The students participated in a Studio Program that dealt with the challenges and opportunities of post-earthquake development and reconstruction in Talca, Chile (October-November, 2012)


María Victoria Murillo, Professor at the Department of Political Science of School of International and Public Affairs, presented her research on political clientelism in Latin America, focusing on the cases of Argentina and Chile. Two renown Chilean scholars comment her work: Emmanuelle Barozet, associate professor at the Department of Sociology of Universidad de Chile; and Francisco Javier Díaz, senior researcher at CIEPLAN (March, 2012)


Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, met with alumni, businesspeople and local opinion leaders to discuss current global economic events and sustainability issues (March, 2012)

Guillermo Calvo and José Antonio Ocampo from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, SIPA participated in a Summer Macro-­Finance Executive Course entitled Latin America Coping the Global Financial Turbulence: Prospects and Policies”.  The event was organized by the GCG in Santiago, in conjunction with SIPA and the Facultad de Economía y Negocios at Universidad de Chile (January, 2012)


John Dinges, Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of Journalism, presented the results of his research project “Executions in Chile September-December 1973: The Bureaucracy of Death.” The event took place at the Museo de la Memoria, Chile’s human rights museum, and was organized by the CGC together with the Journalism School of Universidad de Chile, ICEI. It was followed by a panel discussion featuring Chilean experts on human rights issues (January, 2012).


Enrique Walker, Assistant Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation and Director of the Master in Advanced Architectural Design, presented his book Lo Ordinario” at an event organized by the Columbia Global Centers Latin America / Santiago-Chile in conjunction with Universidad Católica (November, 2011).


Nara Milanic, professor of History at Barnard College, traveled to Chile on November 2012, to teach a course at Universidad Católica de Chile. The GCC organized an event to present her book Children of Fate: Childhood, Class, and the State in Chile , 1850–1930 (Duke University Press, 2009). Her presentation was followed by a panel discussion on “The Roots of inequality in Chile” (November, 2011)


Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College (http://www.tc.columbia.edu/), visited Santiago in late 2011. Among her many activities, she participated in a panel discussion on education held at Universidad Diego Portales, held a recruitment session at the Fulbright Commission, and hosted an event for TC alumni (November, 2011)